19. FUNDAMENTAL ISLAMIC DISCREPANCIES
The Focus of the Jewish Old Testament Scriptures and the Christian New Testament Scriptures is the Messiah, Redeemer and Saviour of Mankind, the Suffering Servant sent by God to fulfil the 'Perpetual Covenant' He made with Abraham. (Article 14 - Isaiah 52/53; Isaiah 35:4-6; 42:13 and Genesis 17:18,19)
The Focus of the Koran is 'Allah' and Islam as being the only true religion (Koran 3:19,86)
with all other men classed as 'infidels' and 'unbelievers' in mortal error. (Koran 3:10,12; 5:72,73)
Muslims claim the Koran and Islam supersede both Judaism and Christianity. (Koran 3:19; 5:48)
(See Article 17)
- The first two most glaring, discrepancies in the Koran are: (a) that the teachings of Muhammad and his 'angel', completely ignore the 'perpetual' nature of God's Covenant with Abraham (Genesis 17:7,19) and (b) that the Messiah is the One sent by God, born of the line of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob (Israel), King David and the Virgin, to fulfil His Covenant. (1 John 4:14 & Acts 4:12)
- The following, are demonstrable discrepancies and contradictions which exist between: (a) the texts of the ancient Judaeo - Christian Scriptures (written beginning about 4000 years ago and completed about 1910 years ago), with what is contained within (b) the Koran of 1400 years ago; (which was written about 2600 years after Abraham and about 600 years after Christ.)
The Koran is claimed to have been dictated 1400 years ago to Muhammad by the Angel Gabriel. (Koran 2:97,98) Gabriel is the Angel who, about 600 years previously, declared to the Virgin Mary that she was to be the mother of the Messiah. (Luke 1:26-38) This is the Angel who declared to Mary, "the son to be born of you is to be called Jesus. (in Hebrew: meaning 'God saves') He shall be great and called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God shall give him the throne of David his father, and He shall reign in the House of Jacob forever. And of His Kingdom there shall be no end." (Luke 1:31-33) "And the Holy which shall be born of you shall be called the Son of God." (Luke 1:35)
This is the One the 'Old Testament Scriptures' refer to as "Emmanuel" (Isaiah 7:14) which means "God with us", (Matthew 1:23) and He shall be called, "God the Mighty" and "Father of the world to come", (Isaiah 9:6) "His going forth is from eternity." (Micah 5:2) He is "The Lord (who) shall go forth as a mighty man." (Isaiah 42:13 in the Douay Bible) "God Himself will come and save you." (Isaiah 35:4)
In the 'New Testament Scriptures' the Messiah Himself affirms His Divinity:
"Before ever Abraham was, I AM."
(John 8:58; Exodus 3:14; Article 3)
"Father, Give Me again the glory I had with You, before ever the world was." (John 17:5)
"Who sees Me, sees the Father, and henceforth you have seen Him." (John 14:6,7)
"No-one knows the Son but the Father; neither does anyone know the Father but the Son." (Matthew 11:27)
"The Father and I are one." (John 10:30) (See Article 20)
But, the angel of the Koran and Muhammad clearly denounce the Messiah's Kingship and claims of Divinity, when they say, the Messiah is "no more than an apostle," (5:75) and that it is "Unbelievers (who) say God is the Messiah, son of Mary." (Koran 5:72) Their contradictions clearly show this 'Gabriel' is NOT the Angel Gabriel who appeared to the Virgin Mary.
They all so clearly dispute the Tri-unity of the Persons of the Godhead when they say: "Unbelievers are those who say, God is one of three." (Koran 5:73; 4:171) and...."God is the enemy of the Unbelievers." (Koran 2:98)
But, Muhammad did not understand that the One Divine Life is of one indivisible nature and essence, which is the shared existence of three indivisible, inseparable, Divine Persons existing and operating in the Union of One Indivisible Being: the Persons are three: their Being is One. The Tri-une Union is One Life, One Spirit, One Love, One Being in Indivisible Awesome Eternal Rapturous Tri-une Mystery. "There are three who give testimony in heaven, the Father, the Word (Jesus) and the Holy Spirit. And these three are one." (1 John 5:7) "Go!" the Messiah said. "Teach all the nations everything I have commanded you, ("Who hears you, hears Me." Luke 10:16) baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,...and behold, I am with you all days till the end of time." (Matthew 28:19,20 & See Article 20 )
In the many Scriptures quoted in this article Christ has very clearly proclaimed His Divinity and taught that God IS 'One of Three'; but, the Koran asserts, also very clearly, (Koran 5:72,73) that in teaching these things the Messiah Himself is an 'Unbeliever' and 'an enemy of God '. (Koran 2:98) The cunning angel of the Koran (See John 8:44; 2 Corinthians 11:14;1 Peter 5:8 & 2 Thessalonians 2:9,10;) has managed to teach Muslims both respect for the Messiah as an Apostle and condemnation of Him as an 'Unbeliever'.
And regarding the Trinity of Persons the Apostle St John teaches: "And (the Word) Jesus Christ (the Messiah) is He who came by water and blood; not by water only, but by water and blood. (the Incarnation) There are three who give testimony in heaven; the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one. And there are three that give testimony on earth; the Spirit, the water, and the blood; and these three are one." (1 John 5:6-8) (See also: 1 John 5:9-13) This is the great mystery of 'The Holy Trinity' and the incarnation of the Son as the Almighty God who has come into the world Himself to save us. (Isaiah 35:4; 42:13) And having come into the world, the time came for the Messiah to leave, saying to his disciples: "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me (by the Father)." (Matthew 28:18) "I came forth from the Father, and am come into the world: again I leave the world, and I go (back) to the Father." (John 16:28)
Clearly, the Messiah was NEVER an 'Apostle'! He was the Tri-une Mystery made visible in the
"Who sees Me, sees the Father." (John 14:7)
"In Him dwelt the fullness of the Godhead bodily." (Colossians 2:9)
"Truly, this man was the Son of God." (Mark 14:61-62; 15:39; Matthew 1:20-23)
All these Scriptures the Koran claims to "confirm". (Koran 2:88-101; 5:48- Article 22 & 10:37)
NOTE: See Article 20 - 'Understanding The Holy Trinity'. See Articles 1, 3, 4, 18, 19, 21, 22 & 25 re: the Angel-Impostor of 2 Corinthians 11:14.